Polestar uses OTA to add connected vehicle safety features

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The Polestar 2’s latest over-the-air (OTA) update, part of a program the manufacturer has been operating since December 2020, involves new safety-related features.

The company says the update includes a ‘Connected Safety’ function, which improves driving safety by warning the driver of potential hazards on the road using data collected from other Polestar and Volvo vehicles. For example, the cloud-based service records when other vehicles react to slippery conditions with the intervention of traction control while driving, or when another vehicle that has been involved in a collision poses a potential hazard along the route.

“With our latest OTA update we provide improvements to various items including Bluetooth connectivity, climate timers, the digital owner’s manual and the 360° camera. It also includes an upgrade to the latest Android Automotive operating system, range improvements and incremental speed improvements for DC charging, as well as a safety-related propulsion bug fix,” noted Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO.

“In today’s age, where we are all used to our phones and computers always running the latest software, we should expect the same from our cars – a huge plus for the digitally connected Polestar 2.”

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